Year 5 Spring Term 2

In English this term, we will begin our work using Cosmic by Frank Cotteril Boyce.

This humorous adventure is seen through the eyes of twelve-year-old Liam Digby a ‘gifted and talented’ child whose physical appearance ages him beyond his years.

We will follow Liam and his friend, Florida Kirby on this humorous, action packed adventure exploring the ups and downs of being a parent and the consequences of a ‘little white lie’ The children will have the opportunity to consider moral dilemmas and the consequences of the choices that can be made.

The children will be writing newspaper reports, persuasion texts, diary entries, emails and narratives. They will develop the reading skills of inference, retrieval, explain and predict and they will have opportunities to learn through drama and role play.

In Maths, we will be developing our understanding of Measure – perimeter and area, Year 5 pupils will be able to: find the perimeter of rectangles, rectilinear shapes and polygons; calculate the area of rectangles and compound shapes. During unit 11, Year 5 will be developing their knowledge of Graphs and tables. We will draw line graphs, read and interpret line graphs, read and interpret tables. Finally, we will begin the Geometry unit– Properties of Shape.

In Science, the children will be investigating Separating Mixtures, children will use their knowledge of solids, liquid and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating. The children will be able to recognise that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution.

  • Children will plan, carry out and use the results of an investigation on dissolving as evidence to support or refute predictions they have made.
  • Working scientifically, they will develop using a range of presentation devices to present their findings and will be able to use a range of information to support or dispute their predictions.
  • plan, carry out and interpret investigations to develop their understanding of evaporation and filtering.


In History, we will be continuing our study of Ancient Egypt. Pupils will travel back 5000 years to the dusty realms of Ancient Egypt.  Cruising along the Nile to enter a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings.  Unravel the secrets of the ancient tombs, using historical sources and artefacts. They will research to find out about powerful pharaohs and gods. Pupils will learn about how to prepare the body of Pharaoh ready for its journey to the afterlife.

 In Music, we will be completing a composition notation unit with the theme of Ancient Egypt. We will be learning to identify the pitch and rhythm of written notes and experiment with notating our own compositions.

In PSHE, we will be studying the unit ‘Dreams and Goals’. Over this unit of work, children will identify what they would like their life to be like when they are grown up; investigate a range of jobs and explored how much people earn in different jobs; identify a job they would like to do when grown up and what they need to do to achieve this; can describe the dreams and goals of young people from a different culture and how we could support those dreams.

In Computing, the children will be completing the Creating media unit: Stop motion animation. Year 5 pupils will be taught the term animation, will be able to understand what stop motion animation is and will then apply these skills to plan, create and edit a stop motion video.

In DT, children will be doing a project that teaches them about how architectural style and technology has developed over time and then use this knowledge to design a building with specific features.

In French, we will continue our work on Shopping for food at a market. The children will revise their numbers and learn how to say the prices of items. They will learn items of food that can be bought at a market and develop their writing skills to produce descriptive sentences.

The children can use the online platform Linguascope to practise at home and have the opportunity to learn a new language.

In RE, the children will continue to learn about the creation stories form different religions and cultures.  They will investigate the similarities and differences between the different accounts of how our World came to be. They will be given the opportunity to consider the bigger questions about why and how our World was created both from a religious and scientific perspective.  They will also be able to express their views as to how our World can be protected and cared for in the future.

In PE, the children will continue to attend weekly swimming lessons. The skills we will be working towards are the following:

  • swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]
  • perform safe self-rescue techniques such as, different floating techniques, treading water etc.

During their second lesson each week, the children will be will be learning about the sport of Netball in their PE lessons. They will develop their passing, improve their shooting and learn about movement in the game when they take part in a variety of activities. The children will also learn how to implement basic attacking and defending tactics.